12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Potato Chip Cookies

by Elizabeth on December 16, 2013 · 3 comments

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Potato Chip Cookies | Adventures in Life, Love, and Librarianship

Yes, yes…potato chip cookies.  Sounds weird, right?  It’s not.  I promise.  Potato chip cookies are perfect for anyone who likes a little salty with their sweet.  I like to make these a little on the smaller size so you can pop them in your mouth just like a chip!  I have no idea where this recipe came from.  It’s in one of my many recipe binders and looks like it was typed by a typewriter.  I’m guessing it’s an old family recipe that I got from someone at some point.

You’ll want to use plain chips for this recipe.  I used a 1 oz bag of Lays, which yielded about a cup and a quarter of chips.  I think it would have been better to use 1 1/2 cups of crushed chips, but use that final 1/4 cup to sprinkle the tops of the cookies.  Just for a little something extra.  Ina Garten says you should always garnish with an ingredient that’s in the recipe so people know what they’re eating.  Because Ina is always right, I think sprinkling on some crushed chips would be perfect.  I, obviously, didn’t do that, but I think you should.  🙂

These potato chip cookies also call for shortening.  I know a lot of you are anti-shortening, so this is a heads up.  Can you use all butter?  Sure.  You can also use a combination of margarine and butter, but I wouldn’t use all margarine or all shortening.  You need the butter to help the flavor.  And butter makes everything better.  Butter-flavored shortening might be a nice touch if you happen to have it.  Make sure you use unsalted butter.  I always bake with unsalted butter, but if you usually don’t, make sure you do with this recipe.  The chips are salty enough!

Are you a fan of salty-sweet combinations?  I most definitely am.  It’s why all my chocolate covered pretzels are gone and why I had salted caramel hot chocolate last night.  So yummy!

Potato Chip Cookies | Adventures in Life, Love, and Librarianship

Potato Chip Cookies
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1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups finely crushed potato chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line baking sheets with parchment or use silicone baking mats.

Cream butter and shortening together, 2-4 minutes.  Add sugar and mix with butter and shortening for another 2-4 minutes.  It should be very fluffy and very light yellow.  Beat in vanilla.  Slowly add in flour and mix until combined.  Stir in potato chips and pecans, if using.

Drop teaspoon-sized cookies onto prepared pans.  Sprinkle with extra crushed chips if desired.  Bake 13-15 minutes, until edges are set and cookies are beginning to look golden.  Cool on pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Potato Chip Cookies | Adventures in Life, Love, and Librarianship

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1 Kelly December 16, 2013 at 8:38 am

If you like that – may I recommend adding chocolate & butterscotch!


I make them relatively small – so you get like a million cookies. In reality I am thinking 6 or 7 dozen.


2 Elizabeth December 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

I love the idea of butterscotch! My original recipe made 5 dozen cookies so I halved it. I think I ended up with around 30. They’re about the size of a silver dollar, maybe a little larger. Perfect for popping them like chips!


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